Chicago (1-0) vs. Warriors (0-1)
on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area at 7 p.m.
OAKLAND -- The good news is the Warriors get to immediatelybounce back from their disappointing season-opening loss to the Clippers. Badnews is that its against the Chicago Bulls.Of all the teams the Warriors could play right now, feelslike the Bulls have to be among the worst. Theyre an elite defensive team,they already seem to be playing for something and theyve got goodchemistry.The Warriors are clearly not a finished product and werevery much looking for their way on the offensive end against L.A. Warriors coach Mark Jackson focused onhis team giving up 64 points in the second half, and that was definitely aproblem.
But at least the Warriors played one pretty good defensivehalf against the Clippers in the first. They werent good on offense ineither half. The Bulls could make it very difficult on the Warriors onMonday. They have a way of locking down opponents in the halfcourt, and that's where the Warriors are weak.And dont forget, MVP Derrick Rose might even have somethingto prove. He was less than ordinary when the Warriors beat Chicago last seasonat Oracle, finishing with just 14 points -- on 6-for-15 from the field -- andnine turnovers.-- Stephen Curry ended up playing onSunday after spraining his right ankle in the last preseason game. Curry hadntpracticed since rolling the ankle Tuesday in Sacramento.Curry didnt play well against the Clippers -- 2-for-12 fromthe field, five turnovers -- but it wasnt obvious that the ankle was botheringhim. At least not to me. Currydefinitely didnt blame the ankle afterwards, saying it felt fine.-- One place the Warriors didnt lose thegame was on the interior. David Lee and Andris Biedrins werent the problem asthey held their own against Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan.The Warriors resorted to intentionally fouling Jordan in thethird quarter, a strategy that neither failed nor succeeded. Jordan went4-for-12 from the free throw line on the night, but the Warriors didnt go onany kind of run when employing the strategy.Jordan may not have been great from the line, but he made upfor it by blocking eight shots.---Brandon Rush was the Warriors mostproductive player off the bench, scoring 12 points in 28 minutes. There weretimes when he was on the floor at the same time as Dorell Wright, but itscertainly possible Rush could cut into Wrights minutes this season.Wright still seems to be searching for his game a little bitthis season.